Janghang Line

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Janghang Line
Janghang-Line KORAIL.PNG
Korean name
Hangul 장항선
Hanja 長項線
Revised Romanization Janghangseon
McCune–Reischauer Changhangsŏn

The Janghang Line is a railway line serving South Chungcheong Province in South Korea. The line connects Cheonan (on the Gyeongbu Line) to the railway junction city of Iksan. The Janghang Line is served by frequent Saemaul-ho and Mugunghwa-ho passenger train services between Seoul and Iksan. There is also a link from Asan Station to the KTX network at Cheonan Asan Station.

History[edit]

The original Janghang Line opened along its full length between Cheonan and Janghang on June 1, 1922.[1]

Upgrade[edit]

The entire Janghang Line is being electrified and double-tracked and upgraded for higher speeds with a straighter alignment. Work started in 1997 from Cheonan.[2] By the end of 2008, the new alignment was in service from Cheonan via Asan and Hongseong to Sinseong, from Jupo to Nampo, and from Ganchi to Janghang,[3] and electrification was put in service on the first 19.4 km between Cheonan and Sinchang, after Asan, on December 15, 2008.[4] The 17.1 km section near Janghang, opened in December 2007, also linked up the Janghang Line with the previously isolated Iksan-Gunsan line via a new bridge over the Geum River, with alignment built for two tracks but initially a single track laid.[2] Currently the Sinseong-Jupo, Nampo-Ganchi and Janghang-Gunsan sections are in construction.[3] The entire line is slated to be finished in 2018.[3]

The Janghang Line would link up with a planned southern extension of the Daegok–Sosa–Wonsi Line before Hwayang Station.[2] On September 1, 2010, the South Korean government announced a strategic plan to reduce travel times from Seoul to 95% of the country to under 2 hours by 2020. As part of the plan, the Janghang Line is to be further upgraded for 230 km/h, the connecting Wonsi–Hwayang line would be set out for 250 km/h, and the lines may see KTX service.[5]

Services[edit]

Seoul Metropolitan Subway[edit]

The Cheonan–Sinchang section of this line is a part of Seoul Subway's Line 1.

Stations[edit]

Station Hangul Hanja Station
distance
in km
Line
distance
in km
Connecting lines Location
Cheonan 천안 天安 0.0 0.0 Gyeongbu Line Chungcheongnam-do Cheonan-si
Bongmyeong 봉명 鳳鳴 1.3 1.3
Ssangyong 쌍용 雙龍 1.6 2.9
Asan 아산 牙山 1.6 4.5 Gyeongbu KTX Asan-si
Baebang 배방 排芳 4.9 9.4
Onyangoncheon 온양온천 溫陽溫泉 4.9 14.3
Sinchang 신창 新昌 5.1 19.4
Dogooncheon 도고온천 道高溫泉 5.8 25.2
Sillyewon 신례원 新禮院 4.5 29.7 Yesan-gun
Yesan 예산 禮山 5.0 34.7
Sapgyo 삽교 揷橋 7.8 42.5
Hwayang 화양 華陽 6.7 49.2 Hongseong-gun
Hongseong 홍성 洪城 5.3 54.5
Sinseong 신성 新城 4.1 58.6
Gwangcheon 광천 廣川 8.6 67.2
Wonjuk 원죽 元竹 4.1 71.3 Boryeong-si
Cheongso 청소 靑所 3.7 75.0
Jupo 주포 周浦 4.3 79.3
Daecheon 대천 大川 8.3 87.6
Nampo 남포 藍浦 3.1 90.7
Ungcheon 웅천 熊川 10.4 101.1
Ganchi 간치 艮峙 3.2 104.3 Seocheon-hwaryeok Line
Pangyo 판교 板橋 8.3 112.6 Seocheon-gun
Seocheon 서천 舒川 8.6 121.2
Janghang 장항 長項 4.8 126.0 Janghang-hwamul Line
Gunsan 군산 群山 7.0 133.0 Jeollabuk-do Gunsan-si
7.2 140.2 Gunsan-hwamul Line
Daeya 대야 大野 1.0 141.2
Impi 임피 臨陂 5.2 146.4
Osan-ri 오산리 五山里 4.5 150.9 Iksan-si
Iksan 익산 益山 3.5 154.4 Honam Line
Jeolla Line

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "경영원칙 > 경영공시 > 영업현황 > 영업거리현황". Korail. Retrieved 2010-12-04. 
  2. ^ a b c "South Korea's growing network". Railway Gazette International. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  3. ^ a b c 장항선 타면 ‘곡선이 주는 여유’ 절로 (in Korean). The Hankyoreh. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Electricity Almanac 2009". Korea Electric Association. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Bullet trains coming to a town near you by 2020". JoongAng Daily. 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-27.